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My 6 wk old guinea has decided he wants to be feral in my garden

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travellingwilbury Fri 18-Sep-09 18:16:43

Any ideas on how I can catch him ?

He is only wee and has been with his mum all this time but I decided now was the time to get him used to being handled . Not my smartest move hmm He scratched me and jumped and is currently hiding in the undergrowth .

I can't get any where near to him to get him and put him back in the warm . I don't want to chase him and get him stressed so for now I am leaving him alone but obviously don't want him to be out there on his own .

Sagacious Fri 18-Sep-09 18:27:57

and a cardboard box

My GP's (only young) are obsessed with cardboard boxes

LauraIngallsWilder Fri 18-Sep-09 18:29:38

I agree put a cat carrier or cardboard box nearby with hay and brocoli or carrot in it - he will hopefully smell it out and hide in there

travellingwilbury Fri 18-Sep-09 18:29:54

Thanks and hello again grin

I will give it a try before it gets dark .

travellingwilbury Fri 18-Sep-09 20:51:31

Right I have tried and the bloody thing is ignoring me and buggering off when I get closer than 10ft .

Do you think you can hire guinea dogs ?

chickchickchickee Fri 18-Sep-09 21:00:34

DOn't they call them foxes wink

travellingwilbury Fri 18-Sep-09 21:05:19

Oh NO ! How could you ?

It has survived for two night son there already I think its time could well be limited wink

Stupid sod

travellingwilbury Fri 18-Sep-09 21:06:03

nights out there blush

No son out there yet I am not that mean

CarGirl Fri 18-Sep-09 21:11:56

I always handled ours from birth, Mums never minded. They always all came in the house together and sit on my knee (on a towel!)

CarGirl Fri 18-Sep-09 21:13:29

I always handled ours from birth, Mums never minded. They always all came in the house together and sit on my knee (on a towel!)

Pyrocanthus Fri 18-Sep-09 21:15:44

I hope he turns up. Keep trying with the box. When you get him back, don't put him back with his mum, though - male gps can be sexually active from 3 weeks (though he might not be tall enough to get up to much with an adult female).

Meglet Fri 18-Sep-09 21:18:46

You need something that smells good to trap him, what about dandelion leaves or some ground elder, assuming he hasn't already porked out on them. What about celery, that has a strong scent.

Pyrocanthus Fri 18-Sep-09 21:21:46

Of course, he's in the garden, the food is lovely. Try something that smells of mum?

travellingwilbury Fri 18-Sep-09 21:22:37

I will try celery tomorrow , not much I can do for now , I have left some food out for it and it seems pretty settled under the cage hmm

CarGirl Fri 18-Sep-09 21:24:07

can you get another female or Mum and put them in the box?

Mine were always quite happy to go back to their hutch after a wander around the house or garden and were used to entrapp a few errant g-pigs of friends in their time! My girlies would come running back with errant male following behind!

Pyrocanthus Fri 18-Sep-09 21:25:07

Can you put something round the bottom of the cage to keep the, er, guinea dogs at bay?

travellingwilbury Fri 18-Sep-09 21:26:06

I did try and out mum in the run to see if that would get him out but no luck , he comes out and has a sniff then buggers off as soon as he sees us . Should have handled him earlier maybe . dh will be about tomorrow so hopefully will be abit easier with two of us

Pyrocanthus Fri 18-Sep-09 21:34:28

Good luck with rounding him up.

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